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Culture, and specifically language, takes ownership in those select few who are what I refer to as that culture’s hidden wealths. There is a time in life for everyone, where, when you are ready, you begin to (coincidentally...?) unearth these fantastic discoveries in life.
Ascertaining awareness in regard to these special ones is one step, but becoming smart and proactive with your heart, sincere interest and visiting time, is the second step. This second step commands discipline and action. When we hear the words “disclipline” and/or “action” we tend to think of “work”. Quite the contrary is most often the reality. Work it is not. Pleasure it is. Beautiful it is. Progression and the assimilation of intrinsic value are the rewards. It is worthy and real. It is time most well spent.
These secret treasures in the tiny communities of Cape Breton Island are the people who keep our Gaelic culture moving forward and ultimately assist in enabling it to continue to exist. These men and women are native Gaelic speakers. They are in possession of the most valuable information specific to Gaelic language and culture. They have stories and songs that most have not ever heard. They play and sing very obscure puirt a beul. They use words and phrases that perhaps are in danger of becoming obsolete. They are truly a gift to culture. Here is a little bit of background information on one such gift to the Gaelic culture: http://www.mustrad.org.uk/articles/jpml.htm
To all of those hidden wealths……..you know who you are. You are a group held in high regard. Your time, knowledge, and participation is hugely appreciated and enjoyed………keep it going!